I don’t even know who Vathis is… so I wont skew your poll for voting either way.
(Ive played since before launch… single-player - maybe I have seen him and haven’t paid much attention)
But about the balance issue… I agree, it can be overdone - you can never truly balance anything.
And it can actually, if taken too far, make something more unbalanced in feel - like, what you seem to be suggesting… especially for role-playing.
Take armor that is from the desert with cold buffs so you don’t freeze in the north, and vice-versa.
It was specifically said in one of their videos, while it doesn’t make sense, they have to keep balance.
As a single-player role-player… I say throw balance out the door… if I only have access to one cold weather outfit, I don’t like it, my problem if I freeze to death… don’t use it, or wait for DLC with some more options.
Speaking of which, the fur armour - wow, its practically… naked compared to some of the others.
(Not ugly looking, but definitely not… overly warm looking) lol
so, yeah, I feel you - if something is giving a weird advantage on multiplayer… maybe adjust the settings, but it sounds like its just being gutted?
Not too dissimilar to the feeding system of thralls and pets - instead of taking it away… on/off switch would have been fine, no?
Good luck to you guys!